Best Ottery St Mary Walks

tar barrel, Coleridge and Otter valley
1 hour walks
Walk 1 (3.2 miles)Walk 2 (1.7 miles) Walk 3 (7.2 miles)Walk 4 (6.5 miles)
Knightstone Town Trail  Cadhay & FenitonTipton St John

Ottery St Mary offers the walker many opportunities to explore the beautiful countryside of Devon

Point of InterestSt Mary's Church
Knightstone manor
Coleridge Country
Tar Barrels
Tumbling weir
PubsVarious pubs in Ottery St Mary
parkingSee below

Walk 1 Knightstone (3.2 miles)


knightstone ottery st mary

The walk runs through the Knightstone estate - the private Manor was built by Thomas de Bittlesgate in 1380 and is one of the best preserved medieval houses in Britain currently owned by the Copleston family.

You can sneak a glimpse of the house and gardens before crossing a small ford.

This easy and varied walk starts in the outskirts of Ottery St Mary, well known for its annual Tar Barrel event.

At Knightstone Manor its turns west towards the river Otter, takes in a fascinating old tumbling weir and finally leads you through the town itself, towards its most impressive church where Samuel Taylor Coleridge's father was once vicar.

It also houses the oldest mechanical clock in the country.

tracks, paths
main roads
2 mins
altitude range
38 - 80 m
parkingChineway Gardens

Map of Walk 1

 Walks near Ottery St Mary
 East Hill
The woods on East Hill are quite a landmark in East Devon and a favourite place for dog walking.
  Otter Nurseries
Why not combine your visit to Otter Nurseries with a 1 hour walk exploring rural Devon and the river Otter.
 Tipton St John
Various popular river walks from a village with a great pub.
A not too strenuous walk towards Ottery St Mary taking you past the historic Cadhay Barton.
 West Hill
A very pleasant walk along the tranquil banks of the Otter following peaceful green lanes with many beautiful views.
 Coleridge Link
A delightful 9 mile walk following the route often taken by Coleridge.

Map of Walk 1


There is one short climb.

Walk 2 Town Trail (1.7 miles)

Please NoteDue to fallen tree across Coleridge Footbridge this circular walk remains impossible throughout 2024.


Tumbling Weir
Tumbling Weir

An easy and varied walk taking in the key attractions of this charming town.

You pass the site where it is said Sir Walter Raleigh was born - look out for a blue plaque on the brick built Raleigh House.

Just before Sainsbury's you walk through a small park - one side of the path is lined with quotations from Coleridge's Kublai khan.


This is one of our 'Thirty Minute Walks'
parkingPay & Display Ottery St Mary

Map of Walk 2

Walk 3 Cadhay & Feniton (7.2 miles)


Cadhay House

This is a long but not too challenging walk from Feniton to Ottery St Mary using mainly public footpaths or tracks.

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Map of Walk 3

Walk 4 River Walk to Tipton St John ( 6.5 miles)


otter near tipton

A delightful walk along the river Otter to Tipton St John and back through rural Devon.

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Map of Walk 4